About the BookWhen I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough.
As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs. But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits.
When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up. On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long.
Turns out Mr Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met. As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen.
I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.
The British Knight was an absolute pleasure to read and I highly recommend it.
First, let’s talk about the setting. I love books set in London and this one was like discovering the Crown Jewels because it focused on that lovely patch of London that is the Inns of Court and its surrounds. This is my all-time favourite spot in London. As the characters are walking around, picnicking in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and visiting Sir John Soane’s Museum, I was in raptures while mentally following their footsteps. Even if London is not your thing – although it should be – the book itself is a great contemporary romance.
Alexander Knightley is the definition of a workaholic. He is committed to his job, to the exclusion of all else. His late father’s reputation and accomplishments drive Alexander to not only reach but surpass his father’s legacy. Looking from the outside, it’s easy to see why people avoid him. His single-mindedness is intimidating but I never thought of Alexander as an ogre. He’s just one of those people who refuses to spend time on politeness and chitchat. And he isn’t seeking anything or anyone because he thinks he’s got it all figured out.
One of the many great conversations in this book takes place between Alexander and his ex-wife when she tells him “You shouldn’t have married me if you didn’t want to be a husband.” By this stage, Violet is shaking him from his assumed destiny but during this conversation it finally clicks that being a husband, or in fact, taking on any title in a relationship means that there have to be follow up actions. You have to make room for people in your life and make adjustments. It’s not just about going on your merry way, having ticked a box on a list of life experiences.
Violet King is the woman who causes this upheaval in Alexander’s life. She’s a little directionless at the present time. Having been betrayed in her professional career, she’s currently waitressing (badly) to pay the bills and stay afloat. With a little nepotism at play, she lands a new job in a new country. Her job? “…do anything that makes [Alexander’s] life easier.” Well his professional life anyway. There’s a hiccup with this arrangement because Violet and Alexander meet before they are introduced to each other at work. It’s all a bit awkward really, especially when they can’t keep their hands off each other and their attraction at bay.
I loved Violet and Alexander. They both had their issues and because of their sometimes hands-off policy at work, actually engaged in some thought provoking conversations. They learned about each other and about themselves at these times. In between the serious times, there is plenty of banter being volleyed between the two. This attraction is not all physical but oh, yes! They definitely know how to get physical with each other.
This is my first Louise Bay book and I am definitely planning to read through her back catalogue
“Is this normally how you speak to women who are on their knees trying to assist you?”
USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read.
About the Author
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, The West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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